Posted by Jeffrey B. Mullan, MassDOT Secretary and CEO
Again this week, there were news stories about MassDOT's handling of the situation regarding the light fixture that fell in the O'Neill Tunnel. Let me use this opportunity to write directly about the situation.
MassDOT is an organization of 10,000 people, responsible for hundreds of miles of roadways, bridges, rail tracks, thousands of pieces of complex equipment, in addition to aviation oversight and the management and operation of our RMV. Our employees include some of the most professional and public-minded people working anywhere. We have very skilled engineers who are held accountable for their engineering and technical judgments. A small number of employees, including me, have responsibility for public information.
After the light fixture fell on February 8, the engineering, maintenance and operations staffs of our Highway Division responded swiftly, appropriately, and proactively to ensure public safety and to uncover any systemic issues. That part of the incident is well underway and is under control. It is now clear that the incident was not reported immediately. I have emphasized the performance and professionalism of the staff, and, as the public face of MassDOT, have assumed responsibility for any gaps or delays in the public dissemination of the information. I chose not to publicly fault anyone but myself for this failure. Later, when asked when I learned of the incident, I answered that question truthfully. My emphasis on taking responsibility for the incident unfortunately created the impression that I intentionally mislead the public. I didn’t.
It is clear to all of us that the way to fix state transportation is to stay on the course we have set. For my part, I will continue to encourage a culture of openness, transparency, and accountability at MassDOT.
MassDOT Board Names DePaola Interim MBTA General Manager posted on Feb 25
The MassDOT Board of Directors voted unanimously to make Frank DePaola, currently serving as Highway Administrator and MassDOT’s Chief Operating Officer, Interim General Manager of the MBTA. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack also announced today that Thomas Tinlin, MassDOT’s Chief of Highway Operations and Maintenance, will …Continue Reading MassDOT Board Names DePaola Interim MBTA General Manager
Pothole Report: Call 857-DOT-INFO posted on Feb 24
MassDOT again this year is enlisting the public’s help this winter season in reporting pothole locations on state roads, allowing repairs to be made as quickly as possible. To report a pothole, drivers are encouraged to call MassDOT’s Pothole Hotline at 857-DOT-INFO (857-368-4636). Potholes are …Continue Reading Pothole Report: Call 857-DOT-INFO
MBTA Late Night Service Future Public Meetings Set posted on Feb 23
The MBTA invites you to attend a public informational meeting to share your comments about the future of late-night service. The meetings are scheduled as follows: Monday, March 2, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., District Hall, Assembly Space, 75 Northern Ave., Boston Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 …Continue Reading MBTA Late Night Service Future Public Meetings Set